Wednesday 17 October 2018

Farmer granted High Court injunction preventing removal from role in farm group

High Court. Stock Image
High Court. Stock Image

Saurya Cherfi

A farmer has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) from taking steps that he claims would effectively remove him as its treasurer.

The court heard that the ICSA has last March removed Co Longford based James Reynolds from his position as a member of executive for its Longford branch and as a result from his position of national treasurer arising out his alleged links to the anti-mass immigration political party known as the National Party.

Barrister Kamal Vaid told the High Court on Tuesday his client Mr Reynolds has appealed that decision and the appeal meeting is due to be heard tomorrow.

He said Mr Reynolds was now seeking an ex-parte (one side only) injunction restraining the management of the ICSA from removing him from his position.

Counsel said his client was not a paid employee of the association but feared that his reputation would be damaged if he were removed from the executive committee.

The court heard that the association had allegedly failed to follow its own procedures and had failed to allow Mr Reynolds adequate notice of its purported decision to dismiss him.

Mr Justice Robert Haughton granted Mr Reynolds an interim injunction restraining the ICSA from acting on his purported dismissal and from holding any meeting related to his purported dismissal until the case return before the court during the new law term.

The injunction was granted on an ex-parte basis where only one side was represented in court.

It was previously reported that the association, which represents mainly dry stock farmers and has a membership of about 10,000 nationwide, held a special meeting last November to discuss the involvement of Mr Reynolds in the National Party, an anti-mass immigration and anti-abortion political party founded by Justin Barrett.

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